I have to say that I put off typing up my notes on these sermons for a couple of reasons. To start with I found myself furiously scribbling notes through out as it seems EVERYTHING should be heard and read. Secondly, I find myself feeling completely overwhelmed by the task of conveying just how awesome this message really and truly is. In the end, however, I came to the conclusion that while I was holding onto these notes searching for the right words to use no words were being shared. Let me just suggest that you read the readings, all of them, because there is something so compelling and beautiful waiting in them for you.
Part I (10 Feb 13) Readings:
Colossians 1:1-23 (NIV)
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
Part II (17 Feb 13)
1 John 5:14-15
John 16:31-33; 17:1-11
Also mentioned: Ephesians 1
We had a brief break for this awesome message on 24 Feb 13 as the church instead hosted a Fellowship Breakfast and then the next weekend Allison spoke.
Part III (10 Mar 13) “A love bath in God”
John 17:1- (continued on this reading and didn’t really end.)
I really want to mention I am typing up the things that I could jot on paper, but the true impact of the gift of the kingdom of the SON HE LOVES is so awesome it can not be jotted down in quick notes. I am not even sure if I can give it proper attention. What struck me through these weeks is the sheer enormity of the love we are blessed with, the gravity of what is being given. This is no “fall in line and I will spare you” God, this is your father, your friend, your love and your God. I believe it was this past Sunday that Pastor Lee talked about joy coming from the understanding and appreciation of the gift of love that God gives to us, and that to appreciate it honestly you have to grasp the motivation behind the gift. I think she could not have been more right and suddenly all the scriptures I have had in my heart and in my mind since I was a child start to take on a new shape. Everything is turned over in this new light and it all looks so much more glorious. I knew that I had to know my motivation for giving, I understood that I wanted to give from the “right” place. Yet I never thought of God’s motivation, of what is really in his heart as he shows us love, grace and compassion.
Finally I am going to leave you with this and it’s just something that popped into my mind, not actually a part of the sermons.
Psalm 103:8 (NIV) The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.